On Tuesday the the Canadian Tour released its preliminary schedule for the 2012 season. It begins in Victoria, BC in the first week of June where the Times Colonist Islands Savings Open will celebrate its 28th anniversary on the Canadian Tour schedule.
After a five-week swing through western Canada, the Canadian Tour’s eastern swing will include a new event in Ontario known as the Great Waterway Classic with a four year commitment through 2015. The Tour’s flagship event, the Canadian Tour Championship, will be staged at the historic Scarboro Golf and Country Club in Toronto, which is celebrating its centenary in 2012.
Scarboro Golf and Country Club has a history dating back to 1912 and has been the site of four Canadian Open Championships. Considered one of the best classic courses in Canada, Scarboro is the only course outside the United States designed by the legendary A.W. Tillinghast one of North America’s premier golf course designers. Tillinghast designed Scarboro when he was at the peak of his career putting it in the company of such renowned Tillinghast courses as Winged Foot, Baltusrol and the fearsome Bethpage Black. A little over $1.2 million was recently invested in restoring Scarboro to its original roots while the original Victorian clubhouse still stands as one of the finest in the country.
“We are thrilled to be playing the Canadian Tour Championship at such an historic course and honored to be part of Scarboro’s centenary celebration,” stated Rick Janes, Canadian Tour Commissioner and CEO. “As the only Canadian course designed by the renowned designer A.W. Tillinghast, Scarboro is a special place and more than worthy of its accolades.”
As has become tradition, the Canadian Tour will once again begin its domestic season at the Times Colonist Island Savings Open beginning the week of June 4th 2012 at Uplands Golf Club in Victoria. Players will then move eastward to Edmonton followed by Fort McMurray, Saskatoon and concluding the western swing in Winnipeg at The Players Cup. Following the Canadian Open the Canadian Tour will commence its eastern swing where a number of events are currently in development. While the Great Waterway Classic and the Tour Championship are confirmed for late August and early September two additional events in eastern Canada are currently still in development.
“Traditionally we have released the full schedule in December which has not given all of our events time to finalize their plans for the coming year. This year we have decided to delay the full release of the schedule until it is fully confirmed,” stated Janes. “Our recent agreement with the PGA TOUR has also provided us with some new horsepower and we are confident that we can get those events in question over the hump when the full schedule is released in a month from now,” added the Commissioner.
The Canadian Tour is also working with the PGA TOUR to revamp its Qualifying School format, which is expected to reduce the number of schools to one and provide more cards for prospective Canadian Tour members. Details of the new qualifying system and qualifying school dates will be released as soon as they become available. Players can expect the new Qualifying School to be held in April or early May closer to the start of the Canadian season.
Below is a list of confirmed events for the 2012 Canadian Tour season:
Times Colonist Island Savings Open, Uplands Golf Club, Victoria – June 7-10
ATB Financial Classic, Windermere Golf & Country Club, Edmonton – June 21-24
Syncrude Boreal Open, Fort McMurray Golf Club, Fort McMurray – June 28 – July 1
Dakota Dunes Casino Open, Dakato Dunes Golf Links, Saskatoon – July 5-8
The Players Cup, Pine Ridge Golf Club, Winnipeg – July 12-15
Canadian Tour Championship, Scarboro Golf & Country Club, Toronto – August 23-26
The Great Waterway Classic, Smuggler’s Glen Golf Course, Gananoque – September 6-9
Desert Dunes Classic, Desert Dunes Golf Club, Palm Springs, CA – November 1-4